Canon EOS 3000D is an entry-level DSLR camera and perhaps the only one in its class that comes with an 18-55 kit lens at this price. The camera is meant for consumers who are upgrading from smartphones and are looking for a reasonably priced option to further explore their interest.
The affordable price should certainly entail some tradeoffs, but has Canon managed to develop an appealing camera for beginners? Let’s talk about that and more in our Canon EOS 3000D Review.
Canon EOS 3000D Specifications
- 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
- DIGIC 4+ Image processor
- 2.7-inch type TFT (230,000 dots)
- ISO 100 – 6400 (expandable to 12800)
- Continuous shooting up to 3 fps
- 1080p up to 30p
- 9-point AF (All AF points support f/5.6. Cross-type AF with center AF-point)
- Supports Wi-Fi and NFC
- Dimension 129 x 101.6 x 77.1mm & Weighs 436g
Design and Build
To accommodate a low priced tag, the Canon EOS 3000D has a completely plastic body (Including the mount). The camera doesn’t feel premium but does feel sturdy and it comes equippd with a grip to give you a steady hold while shooting videos or clicking images. It is very handy, compact and extremely light. This makes it fit for enthusiasts honing their photography skills.
All buttons are concentrated towards the right side for easy operation.
The camera also has a 2.7-inch (230,000 dots) TFT display that you can use for composing and viewing shots. The screen doesn’t support touch input, though which is something first-time smartphone users will find to be odd. But this is perfectly fine if you are looking for a very affordable DSLR.
Canon has strangely placed the On-Off button in the mode dial at the top. This feels weird but is something we could get used to. There is no diopter on the camera either. As for ports, you get a micro USB and HDMI port.
Overall, Canon had to make some changes to accommodate the budget price but still managed to give you a decent package.
Performance and Features
All the basics are covered here. The 9 point AF ensures that the camera can quickly lock focus. The AF tracking while shooting videos is a tad slow, but won’t be a deal breaker. The ISO range is reasonably wide and we could shoot quality shots even in low and indoor lighting. The dynamic range and color saturation in shots are pretty good too.
The optical viewfinder provides approximately 95% coverage with approximately 0.8x magnification, which is good enough for outdoor shooting.
Beginners can also shoot using the Live view mode that uses the screen as the viewfinder. The mode dial can be used to choose the appropriate scene before shooting. A “Shoot by ambiance” mode is also present to assist beginners. The camera has numerous shooting presets and filters that should appeal to beginners.
Other than that, the camera has a Movie mode and can record decent quality Full HD videos at 30/25 fps.
The camera also has Wi-Fi and NFC support, and using these you can pair it with your smartphone. Download the free Canon Connect App and you can do remote shooting using iOS and Android phones. Using these connectivity options, you can easily share your images with your phone and on social media.
Price and Verdict
The Canon EOS 3000D costs just around Rs. 25,000 in India. In fact, you can even get it for up to Rs. 22,000 from a few online retail stores. Such DSLR experience (or any DSLR experience?) is unheard off at this price and that neutralizes any shortcomings that we found with the 3000D.
Accustomed photographers or existing Canon users might find some of the decisions Canon has made hard to live with, but for the first time users who are looking for something affordable to hone their skills, the Canon EOS 3000D should work just fine. We recommend this product for 1st time DSLR users and people who are looking for a really affordable DSLR.